Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: The Initiation by Chris Babu @RealChrisBabu @yaboundtourspr

The Initiation
Chris Babu
Genre: YA sci-fi
Release Date: February 27th 2018
Permuted Press


Everyone is equal. But no one is safe.

In a ruined world, Manhattan is now New America, a walled-in society based on equality. But the perfect facade hides a dark truth.

A timid math geek, sixteen-year-old Drayden watches his life crumble when his beloved mother is exiled. The mystery of her banishment leads him to a sinister secret: New America is in trouble, and every one of its citizens is in jeopardy.

With time running out, he enters the Initiation. It’s a test within the empty subway tunnels—a perilous journey of puzzles and deadly physical trials. Winners join the ruling Bureau and move to its safe haven. But failure means death. Can Drayden conquer the Initiation, or is salvation out of his grasp?

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Imagine living in a city with walls around it then imagine the city sectioned off into different zones with walls around each zone. No one is allowed to go from zone to zone unless they work in another zone. If you break the rules or the law then you will be exiled and put outside the city walls with death as a certain possibility.

Well, sixteen-year-old Drayden lives in a place just like that. He lives in the city of Manhattan; now known as New America. Where food is monitored and rationed out to the people. The power outages are being to happen more and more. There are a higher number of people being exiled.

When Drayden’s mom is exiled he knows something is going on and has every intention of finding out what it is. His mom is one of the kindest, dearest, sweetest persons you would ever meet. She will risk her own life to help someone else. So why was his mom exiled? Well, that is one question Drayden is going to find the answer to whatever the cost may be.

With his mom being yanked out of his life like that it has left Drayden devastated. His mom was practically his whole world. He has his dad and his brother Wes but they are not his mother. But he wants to take care of them and make their life better and the only way he knows to do that is to join the Initiation.

The Initiation is a contest that consists of acts of bravery and intelligent. The Initiation is held in the subway tunnels that are no longer in use and are forbidden for anyone to enter. If he can pass the Initiation he can move up in life. He can get a better job. Move his family into a better apartment with a better lifestyle and hopefully, it will lead him to the answers that he is seeking as to why his mother was exiled.

Wow! The Initiation has got to be one of the best books I think I have ever read. To describe it in only a few words would be like The Hunger Games meets Saw. It is so intense and intriguing oh and the anticipation of waiting to see what was around the next corner was like a fire burning through my veins that kept me on the edge of my seat literally. I didn’t want to put it down for one second but at the same time, I didn’t want to see it end either. The characters are all amazing people that work so well together; well with the exception of at least one person or two maybe. This is definitely one book that I would love to see on the big screen with surround sound. If this is Chris Babu’s first novel then I can’t wait to read more of his work.

I would recommend The Initiation to anyone who loves books, movies like The Hunger Games and Saw or just a very intense, intriguing and epic dystopian, post-apocalyptic type books.     

About the Author
Chris Babu grew up in North Haven, CT, playing soccer and the violin in his free time. After devouring The Shining under the covers with a flashlight when he was eight, Chris was hooked on fiction. He's always had a thing for young adult books. But he's also a major science and math nerd - physics being his favorite - and he has a math degree from MIT.

For nineteen years, he worked as a bond trader on Wall Street, riding the subway to and from work every day. He traded mortgage-backed securities for Bank of America and then Deutsche Bank, where he eventually ran the MBS trading desk. Now Chris writes full-time, always with his trusted assistant Buddy, a 130-pound Great Dane, who can usually be found on his lap. They split their time between New York City and the east end of Long Island. Their omnipresence at home drives his wife Michelle and daughter Lily crazy. The Initiation is his first novel.

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